Swords into ploughshares

Statue in the gardens at the United Nations, New York

Another H/T to Paul Between the 'Burgh and the City for sharing these lyrics for our Advent prayer. Advent prepares us to celebrate Christmas but more importantly this season prepares us for the Day of the Lord when the Prince of Peace will come to claim creation and our hearts...
Behold a broken world, we pray,
Where want and war increase,
And grant us, Lord, in this our day,
The ancient dream of peace:

A dream of swords to sickles bent,
Of spears to scythe and spade,
The weapons of our warfare spent,
A world of peace remade.

O Prince of peace, who died to save,
A lost world to redeem,
And rose in triumph from the grave,
Behold our waking dream.

Bring, Lord, your better world to birth,
Your kingdom, love's domain;
Where peace with God, and peace on earth,
And peace eternal reign.
By: Timothy Dudley-Smith, copyright 1989, Hope Publishing Co.



  1. Amen to this, too.

  2. Thoughts relating to peace:

    A lasting peace can only be made on the principles of justice and truth. And a war in the cause of justice is better than a peace patched up at the cost of principle. Peace is not the only thing worth having in life, either in one's own heart or in one's relations with one's own family, or with the world. Indeed, I doubt if anyone ever attained in his own heart that peace of God which passeth all understanding, till he had fought many a battle with himself and brought his rebellious nature under the dominion of conscience.

    -Fr. Basil Maturin

    Irish Gal


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